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Gold Coast business fined over accident


Wednesday, 12 Jun 2019 ( #927 ) - Southport, Qld, Australia
Local News Story
A Gold Coast business has been fined $90,000
A Gold Coast business has been fined $90,000 after a worker was run over by a forklift that had its reverse warning turned off following noise complaints from neighbours.

The 61-year-old woman was hit by a reversing forklift, driven by another worker, in November 2016.

Poultry processor Gemfire, trading as Nerang Park Poultry, pleaded guilty in the Southport Magistrates Court, after an investigation by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

The worker suffered serious injuries including multiple broken bones and a large portion of skin was torn off her leg.

The court heard that the company had directed its forklift drivers to turn off the reversing beepers between 7pm and 7am after neighbours complained about the noise.

No conviction was recorded, but the business was fined $90,000 and ordered to pay almost $1,600 in fees.
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